FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations and TT Club, international freight transport insurer, revealed this year’s global winner of the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award (YIFFYA) during today’s final online event.

FIATA and TT Club are proud to announce that Justin Goedhart, the regional winner of Region Africa and Middle East, representing SAAFF, South Africa, has been awarded the title of Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year.

“With his dissertation, presentation and video today focused on the international shipment of rhinos and large ball mill, Justin has demonstrated exemplary understanding, knowledge and passion for his profession – showing how the next generation is truly resilient and adequately equipped to meet the current and future challenges of the supply chain”, said Michael Yarwood, TT Club’s Managing Director, Loss Prevention.

FIATA and TT Club extend their congratulations to the three other dedicated young professionals who made it to the final stage of the competition: Georgina Perez Perez, CIFFA, Canada; Glauc Fornés Gil, FETEIA, Spain; Muhammad Wasif Wiqar, PIFFA, Pakistan. All the finalists have invested impressive efforts into the competition, using their skills to provide high quality work. By their dedication, innovative minds, and enthusiasm, they are a true source of inspiration for the industry.

The final event was also the opportunity to launch next year’s competition – with a little twist. The award will be from now on called the Young Logistics Professional Award. “This change truly reflects FIATA’s reality – we want to encourage and nurture passion of the young talents representing all sectors of the industry, whatever their specialization – this is crucial for the future of our community. In line with this, FIATA is planning to organize other activities to promote young logistics professionals”, noted FIATA President, Basil Pietersen.

One of FIATA’s top priorities is to attract gifted young professionals to the field and meet the human resource challenge over the next years. The competition is a key tool towards this essential goal; it is a rewarding experience for the candidates, who can display their expertise, get new skills, enlarge their network, and gain exposure within the global freight forwarding community. It also shows to younger generations what a career in international freight forwarding and logistics is about – with its many opportunities to grow. FIATA and TT Club strongly encourage young logistics professionals, with the essential support of their FIATA national association, to join this exciting venture.